Norma June Winfree


Norma June Winfree, 89, of French Creek, W.Va., entered into eternal rest August 24, 2022. She was born October 27, 1932, in Webster County, W.Va. to Verdon B. and Betty Hamrick. She was married to Andrew Lewis Winfree on Feb. 17, 1953.

Survivors include three sons: Dale (Linda C.) of Wellington, Ohio, Mark (Linda R.), of Oberlin, Ohio, and Larry (Yvonne), of North Ridgeville, Ohio; five grandchildren: Sarah Winfree, Andrew Winfree, Hannah (Rob) Gallo, Melissa (Alex) Lyons, and Matthew (Amanda) Winfree; four great-grandchildren: Rowin and Payne Gallo, Josiah Winfree and Eleanor Lyons; sisters: Elma Post, of Clarksburg, W.Va., Leota Eastburn, of Mechanicsville, Maryland, and Regina McAlpine, of Jackson, Mississippi; brothers: Eldon Hamrick, of New Castle, Delaware, and Nelson Hamrick, of French Creek, W.Va.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Lewis Winfree; one sister, Phyllis Post; two brothers, Clinton Hamrick and Shelton Hamrick; and half-brother, Gordon Hamrick.

Norma was a devoted wife. When her first son, Dale, was 1 year old, her husband joined the U.S. Army and they spent one year in North Carolina, three years in Germany (where second son, Mark, was born) and a year in Georgia. After that they spent two years in W.Va. (where third son, Larry, was born) and moved to Elyria, Ohio in 1963. She worked as a church secretary when all three boys were in school. She refinished and sold antique furniture in their antique shop for 12 years. After closing the shop and with the boys out on their own, they traveled the southwestern U.S. where they spent many winters in their travel trailer.

Norma and Andy moved to French Creek, W.Va. in 1996 where they lived the rest of their lives. Andy was a dreamer and always seemed to have a building project in the works and Norma was always right there beside him. Her faith in Jesus Christ was very important to her and she set a good example for her family and all others who knew her. She served as a greeter at Cornerstone Community Church in Buckhannon, W.Va. for many years.

The picture shows her at the Easter egg hunt just two days before the stroke that ultimately ended her life. She had so much love for her family and will be sorely missed.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of this wonderful woman will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 22 at Cornerstone Community Church in Buckhannon, W.Va. Online condolences may be extended to the Winfree family at www.heavnerandcutright.com. 

The Winfree family entrusted the Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services with arrangements.

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